Saturday, January 2, 2010
Christmas 2009 — Gifts that Get Given Away Twice
This year for many of my Christmas presents I used stamps.com (in the USA, and its Canadian counterpart) to create real postage stamps — featuring my own pictures that I knew would be special to each of my loved ones. Images of the stamps are presented in the wildly flashing Intel 3D cube navigator, below. I also used the stamp images to create my sweetie's 2009 Christmas Tree Ornament — featuring the stamps glued onto a wooden cube, resting in an ornamental woven basket — shown at the bottom right, below. Hence came the whole idea of using my old 3D cube navigator for the web-based stamps presentation.
Use the 3D cube navigator (on the left) to explore the 6 stamps I created :
• Move your mouse into the center of the green background frame (to the left) to “drive” and “look at” each of the images.
• As you move the mouse within the moving 3D cube frame, you are in “drive mode” and the manipulation is done solely via mouse movement — without mouse clicks. For example, hold the mouse towards any corner of the frame and notice that the cube begins rotating in that direction. The rotation follows you around as you move the mouse, and is faster or slower depending on how close you are to the center of the cube.
• Click on any cube face; it "zooms out", showing you the stamp image. A subsequent single click continues the rotation.
• Double Click on an image face to get more detail — to see the original picture the stamp was made from. When finished, use your browser's "Back" button to return here to the cube navigator.
• In “drive mode” the rotation stops whenever you move the mouse outside of the green background space, and resumes when you re-enter it.
Yes… this is what I do on a holiday weekend when it's snowing outside and I just feel like playing. Happy New Year 2010 !!